The Open Episcopal Church

A member of the International Council of Community Churches & the World Council of Churches

Protecting Vulnerable Adults


We will:

  • Listen to what you say
  • Treat you with dignity, respect and sensitivity
  • Take action as necessary

What to do if you suspect or have witnessed someone being abused

  • DO stay calm and listen to them
  • DO take what you are being told seriously
  • DO offer support to help stop the abuse happening
  • DO be aware that medical or other evidence might be needed so keep the evidence safe
  • DO make a written note of what you have been told
  • DO contact Social Services or Police and your bishop


  • Do NOT press the person for more details (these can be taken later)
  • Do NOT assume that someone else is aware of the situation and will take action
  • Do NOT contact the alleged abuser
  • Do NOT promise to keep it a secret
  • Do NOT be afraid to contact social services or police to discuss it

Our Vulnerable Adults Protection Officer can be reached on:

07960 419 156